5 non-food ways to optimize your gut health

gut health gut microbiome Feb 22, 2022

Since this is the last week for American Heart Month, we are dedicated this blog post to your gut microbiome, which just happens to be one of our favorite topics.

The health of your gut microbiome is most significantly influenced by the foods we eat, specifically fiber (which is only found in plants - fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, beans/legumes, and whole grains).

But getting adequate sleep, getting out into nature, getting regular physical activity, and not sitting too long also impact the health of your gut microbiome.

Here are some signs of gut dysbiosis

  • food intolerances and inflammation
  • skin inflammation and acne
  • poor concentration and brain fog
  • sugar cravings
  • mood disorders
  • chronic fatigue
  • sleep issues
  • weight gain/obesity
  • digestive issues
  • autoimmune problems

Do any of these hit home for you? Or for someone you know?

If so, you know we've got you covered and we will offer some suggestions on ways to improve your gut health.

You can read 4 ways to eat for heart health (and gut health) because we are dedicating today's newsletter to other lifestyle factors.

5 Ways to Optimize Your Gut Health

  • Prioritize sleep. This is one of the things Marzia is fiercely working on in 2022 and she is seeing significant improvement. Make sure to follow her Insta to see how cryo and microcurrent treatments are helping her improve her sleep duration and sleep quality! The Oura Ring has been a big motivator for both of us. If you want to check out Oura, click here to save $50 and get 6 months of free membership.
  • Exercise. The National Academy of Science recommends that people who are overweight or obese may need to exercise 60-90 minutes per day. If that sounds like a lot to you, try some exercise snacks to make it doable! And join our PCL for all your workout needs!
  • Meditation. Meditation is the second closest action to sleep and is so incredibly powerful. I love Insight Timer and Marzia loves the Calm App for meditations. We are adding some meditations into PCL next month, so stay tuned for those!! I recommend you combine the next gut health optimizer with this one for an incredible double whammy! 
  • Spend 2 hours per week in nature. How crazy is it that something so fabulous can be so healthful!! Getting in nature - in all seasons - is a great action that makes your gut bugs super happy. And when they're happy, you're healthy.
  • Avoid unnecessary medications, supplements, alcohol, and tobacco. Try the Reframe app to use neuroscience to reframe your relationship with alcohol. Use code PLANTCHICS for a 2 week free trial.

We hope you continue to chose healthy lifestyle choices and making yourself a priority!  If you like what you read, please leave a comment below and share with your friends who may need to read this. 

xoxo,

Jacque & Marzia

PPS - the topic of this week's blog post was taken from some of the eBooks we read from the Ultimate Weight Loss bundle. It's only available until March 2nd, so hurry and grab your bundle today! By getting the bundle from our link, you help to support our small business and we are super grateful for your support!

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